A personal injury or accident claim requires several types of documents. The documents that you will need will be determined by the type of accident, the nature of the accident, the damage that was sustained in the accident and the injury that occurred. Consult your Corpus Christi Personal Injury Attorney to find out any further documentation that may be required and how to obtain the documents. Let’s take a look at the most common documents that are needed for a personal injury claim.
Police reports are public record and once completed are available to everyone. It is important to note that each accident may have more than one police report, especially if there were more than one law enforcement agencies at the scene of the accident. In addition to a police report, an accident reconstruction report may be made by the police department’s special division that responded to the accident. It is important to note that police reports are not conclusive; however, they are a great place for clients to start. These reports may lead to other reports that were prepared by agencies and labs that were used by the law enforcement agency that worked the scene of the accident.
Witness statements are gathered by individuals who heard or saw the accident. Witnesses may also include persons that have relevant information about the accident, such as why the accident happened, the people involved and other witnesses who may not have been initially interviewed. Witness statements can be taken from different sources like the investigating police officer, law important agencies, federal oversight agencies with jurisdiction at the scene of the injury, the injured parties and their legal representation. The Federal or State Highway Administration may want the accident documented if the accident occurs on a federal or state highway. If the accident involves an airplane, the Federal Aviation Administration may also document the accident. As you can see, there are many different legal divisions that may have witness statements so you need to be thorough when gathering witness statements. Your Corpus Christi Personal Injury Attorney can provide guidance on the different agencies that may have gathered witness statements.
Victim Or Client Statements
One of the most important documents when it comes to an accident or personal injury claim is a victim/client statement. This document should be given when the victim can best recall the events surrounding the accident. Your Corpus Christi Personal Injury Attorney will work to find out if the victim has made a prior statement to any other party other than their team of legal representatives. It is possible that the client may have accidentally given information to another individual that could alter the value of their claim or even who is at fault. Our post-accident template will help you journal the way the accident has affected your life, including reduced daily capabilities, lost time at work, travel and medical expenses and pain and suffering.
Medical reports including any emergency room visits, autopsy reports, rehabilitation reports and doctor reports should be gathered. These reports should include the period of time that the injured party was under physician care and should include all information about the injuries that were sustained during the accident as well as any ongoing issues related to the accident. Records of other parties in the accident may also be obtained. Furthermore, medical records can uncover pre-existing medical conditions that could have resulted in the accident, activities that the patient should not participate in and more. These facts can be extremely relevant to filing a claim. In addition to this, these records can help determine the amount of money that can be collected for medical treatments.
Photographs and Videography
Photos and videos of the accident can be extremely helpful. These may include images taken before, during and after an accident. Many locations have video cameras to help monitor traffic patterns, storefronts and more. These videos are typically time-stamped and will provide images relating to the accident. In addition to video footage, the photographs taken after an accident will help to prove the severity of the accident and the injuries that were sustained during an accident.
Private Investigation Reports
Private investigators are often hired by insurance companies or parties involved in the accident. If the private investigator is hired by a company the report will be obtained through discovery. Discovery states that all documents must be turned over to both parties before the case can be heard. However, it should be noted that most personal injury cases are settled before the trial thanks to discovery. Private investigation reports may show who was liable and provide more information than a police report.